The torment inflicted by locusts (Revelation 9:5)
And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
Revelation 9:5 - King James
⚪ The tormenting doctrine of torment (hell)
9:5. And to them It was given that they should not kill, them. — No such sane and merciful sentence as "The wages of sin Is death" has any place in Methodist theology. Wesley was born at a time when the original meaning of the word "Hell" had become hidden, and was saturated with the later teachings that it signifies a place of torment. He threw his whole heart into the work of spreading this error throughout the earth.
But that they should be tormented five months — In symbolic time, 160 years. (Rev. 2:21). Wesley became the first Methodist in 1728. (Rev. 9:1). When the Methodist denomination, with all the others, was cast off from favor in 1878 (Rev. 3:14) its power to torment men by preaching what Presbyterians describe as "Conscious misery, eternal in duration" came to an end legally, and to a larrge extent actually.—Rev. 9:10.
And their torment — The torment of those tormented by the tormenting doctrine of torment.
Was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.—See Rev. 9:10.
Source : 🇺🇸 1917 - Studies in the Scriptures, Vol 7, The finished mystery, page 157 + Cover
⚫ The judgment message from God's inspired Word (the United Nations)
These are the ones whom the symbolic locusts are tormenting, stinging them with the judgment message from God's inspired Word, very painfully as if strikink them with the venomous scorpion's tail. This judgment message has to do specially with the international organization for world peace and security, wich the clergy have claimed to be the "political expression of the Kingdom of God on earth," but which the symbolic locusts tormentingly proclaim is a mere manmade substitute for God's Messianic kingdom and is therefore doomed to fail and be destroyed by God's true kingdom.
Source : 🇺🇸 The Watchtower, December 1 1969, page 721 + Cover